JCU Sport Elite Athletes

Elite Athletes

James Cook University has been part of the Elite Athlete Education Network (EAEN) since 2013. This program provides support and flexibility for formally identified elite athlete students. Flexible options may include support with academic study loads and assessment deadlines. JCU’s Elite Athlete Program (EAP) aims to help students achieve success both on the sporting field and in the classroom. From business to sport and exercise science, Elite Athletes are studying a range of courses at JCU.


JCU’s Elite Athlete Program welcomes athletes and coaches from a range of organisations and sports. Students interested in accessing the Elite Athlete Program must be recognised as an elite athlete or coach by one of the following organisations:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport
  • AFL Players’ Association
  • Australian Cricketers’ Association
  • Rugby Union Players’ Association
  • Rugby League Professionals Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers’ Association
  • Australian Basketballers' Association
  • National senior squad members from National Athlete Career and Education Network (NACE) supported sports
  • Senior/head coaches from state and territory institutes/academies of sport, national senior teams or participating professional sports

The JCU Elite Athlete Program Coordinator is open to discuss the eligibility of athletes and coaches who are not recognised by these organisations but feel they are of elite status.

Assistance may include:

  • Advice and guidance on academic planning, course management and timetabling.
  • Provide support in flexible study and assessment options.
  • Recognition of credit achieved at other universities both internationally and interstate, towards study options at JCU.
  • Implement plans to meet Elite Athlete's mode of study, and to accommodate sort needs when circumstances change.

In addition, to support for your study, you may receive:

While the Elite Athlete Program is available to provide assistance in a number of areas, elite athlete students are advised to make contact with the respective subject coordinator/lecturer or administration staff first to discuss subject or enrolment matters before approaching the Elite Athlete Program Coordinator.

How to apply

  • Complete the application form and provide written evidence of your selection into a State or National team or Development program from the above sporting organisations or professional player league.
  • Applicants will be notified within 5 working days.
  • Successful applicants need to apply for the Elite Athlete program each year of study.

More information:

JCU Elite Athlete Program Coordinator
James Cook University, Townsville
Telephone: (07) 4781 6066

Email: EliteAthletes@jcu.edu.au